Going Steady: New Singles Reviewed 9-7-18 – 9-13-18

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Superior Emotion, Aluna George, Cautious Clay – They may not have another “You Know You Like It” in em, but this still is a smooth piece of mainstream mood pop – B+

Put You On – Amber Mark, DRAM – Scour your playlists and I bet every time you notice DRAM on a song your eyes light up, Amber doesn’t live up to her world music vibe, what she does is carry an excellent pop soul track and DRAM just adds to the pleasure – B+

Indians Never Die – Black Belt Eagle scout – In fact, all that Indians have done for the past 250 years is die, this depressing roots track won’t help anyone forget it – C+

Money Right – Dizzee Rascal, Skepta – Two huge Grime stars together, the rapping is ace thoughout, especially Skepta’s first verse, but they are sure up to nothing important tAND  quite why they are mainlining Kanye West I have no idea – C+

Bite The Hand – boycrush – Another piece of tosh from the wimmen in the first lines of modern singer songwriting – C+

End Up With You – Carrie Underwood – At least it’s a little better than the last single – C+

I Feel A Change – Charles Bradley, Menahan street Band – Or is it a transition? – C+

Cold Showers – Chelsea Cutlet – EDM pop move from Soundcloud child, nice one – B

No Te Conaron Mal – Christian Nodal – Nice mariachi vibe with strong vocals – B

Fuck Being Friends – Jessie Reyez – Wonky beat puts you off a little, but that voice never does – B+

Crippled Inside – Evolutionary Documentary/Mono – John Lennon, Plastic Ono – Not really evolutionary, when he sings it by himself in an ultimate demo form early on it is already done – A-

I Shall Love 2 – Julia Holter – While this isn’t pop per se pop, by Julia’s standards it is an invitation to a lovely soundscape easy to give into, a very pretty and attractive composition – B+

Homesick – Kane Brown – Kane’s problem is that his voice is so thick that all he is an incessant toothache twang, even if the song is good (this is OK in its simplicity) his voice drives you out of your mind – C

Run It Back (Freestyle) – Kirk Knight – This Pro Era alum can rap and I mean rap, this Freestyle is all spit and flow, he raps so fast he gets the words in and out in one breath, and a perfect metaphor for the start of the NFL season (or at least Play Station) -SINGLE OF THE WEEK – A-

Bassackwards – Kurt Vile _ I am so happy this guy was a dick to me, if he was nice I might feel sad panning everything he does except for “Wakin On A Pretty Day,” “Bassackwards” is nine minutes of what is his problem? – MUST TO AVOID – D+

Everybody Dies – Logic – Not bad brags – B-

Wouldn’t It be Great – Loretta Lynn – Left off her last album, she gets to Jesus sooner rather than later – B-

Spirit – Majid Jordan – Electronic soul vibes via Toronto – C+

Seven – Men I Trust – Dreamy but also sleepy popscape – C+

17 Days – Piano & A Microphone 1983 – Prince – While certainly better than the fakery SONY perpetrated on the post-humus Michael Jackson releases, this (I guess) rehearsal take is a piano pounding solo “30 Days”ish story, very strong outing and the best thing he has done since he died – B+

Medicine – Robinson – Up and coming EDM songstress has a goodie here, nice one woman chorus as well – B

Look In Her Eyes – Rod Stewart – A mainstream disco sweet nothing that isn’t lively enough to hark back to blondes have more fun, the sax solo is soulful – B-

Plastic Love – Sam Huber – The eagerly awaited sophomore album is less soul brother, and more disco rocker, on this Huber powered power punch single – B+

Just Got Paid – Sigala, Ella Eyre, Meghan Trainor, French Montana – Kitchen sink singers for UK producer Sigala needed a better song – B-

Electricity – Silk City, Dua Lipa – Sure, she’s that guy right now, and I am super down with that voice… the song is nondescript – C+

Be Somebody – Steve Aoki, Nicky Romero, Kiiara – Really, EDM needs to stop spinning its wheels, it hasn’t moved an inch since “Wake Me Up” in 2014, they can’t figure out their next move. This isn’t it – C+

Suspirium – Thom Yorke – from the upcoming soundtrack to a horror movie, just Thom’s haunting voice and a piano tickling morbid -works for me – B+

Jefe – T.I., Meek Mill – T.I. has been on a tear and here he gives Meek Mill his best chance at a fiesta since he got out of prison – B+

Wraith – T.I., Yo Gotti – This is trap as gangsta rap, Yo Gotti is slurring nicely and the mode is arty but not down, a little too edgy for comfort – B

Simply Dude – Tokyo Police Club – Power pop indie style – B

Lucky One – K. Flay – So what’s Tom up to? Modern poptones for his new resistance – B

 

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